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19 January 2017

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I was privileged to preview 91 pages of 'My Walk to Equality' and my frank summary is “I loved it!”.

I am eagerly awaiting the launch of the full 300-page book of autobiographical writings – poetry, short stories and essays from the hearts and minds of Papua New Guinean women – a long overdue publication.

I highly commend all of those involved in this ground-breaking Pukpuk Publications collection featuring PNG women writers.

It is a “must read” publication that explores PNG women’s perspectives of gender equality through their personal journeys and reflections.

'My Walk to Equality', edited by Rashmii Bell, both embraces and challenges traditional perspectives of equality and highlights that there is not a universal conceptual framework for gender relationships in Papua New Guinea.

It moves the reader from the stereotypes that have been perpetuated about women and relationships to a refreshing analysis through a lens that is transitioning between tradition and modernity – an interface of the many worlds that women negotiate in their personal journeys.

I congratulate all the writers for their courage to share their journeys – some from an academic analytical perspective and others expressing raw emotional responses to life’s challenges.

I encourage all writers to keep writing so that the world can view Papua New Guinea through your lens and reflect from your perspective as we celebrate the women of Papua New Guinea.

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